There are few safer gift options than a bottle of wine around the holidays. However there are a few things to consider ¨C especially if you¡¯re sourcing wine gifts online.
We¡¯ve gathered five essential boxes to tick before clicking the ¡®buy¡¯ button, so that you don¡¯t meet with any nasty surprises when it comes to the grand unwrapping.
There¡¯s little worse than turning up to Christmas Day empty-handed. To avoid a festive faux-pas, make sure you¡¯ve taken a thorough look at delivery options. Many websites will have a signposted cut-off point, after which orders won¡¯t reach you by zero hour.
Wine gifts online ¨C don¡¯t forget the wrapping
Wine bottles can be fragile things. To avoid disappointment, ensure that you¡¯re buying from a reputable source that knows what they¡¯re doing when it comes to shipping wine.
Customer reviews are a good way to check that there¡¯s a track record of successful deliveries. When we used to sell wine from Vincarta we used shock-resistant airbags specially made for safely getting bottles from A to B.
It¡¯s also worth checking the terms and conditions of the distributor you¡¯re ordering from to get a full idea of what happens should something go wrong.
Are the wines on offer interesting and enticing? Look for online purveyors that present a unique selection instead of the obvious choices. A smaller selection of intriguing bottles can be far better and more memorable than a massive roster of average wines.
If you¡¯re buying something for a connoisseur, they¡¯ll appreciate a wine they may not have tried, or that is from a region they¡¯ve yet to explore. If it¡¯s for a casual drinker, introducing them to a grape variety or country whose wines they¡¯ve never tasted could set them on a path of joyful discovery.
Tell a story
A good story can make a great wine taste even better. Look for online winesellers that are passionate about their business and can give you some background on the bottles you¡¯re buying. You¡¯d get some exposition in a brick-and-mortar wine store, so why not expect it when buying wine gifts online? Giving the recipient a story with their wine makes it that much more special and memorable.
Buying wine gifts online isn¡¯t always straightforward. If it¡¯s a gadget you¡¯ve never used personally, you might want to find out exactly how it works. If you¡¯re not sure what kind of wine to buy for a discerning drinker, guidance should be readily available.
Our contact page gives you a direct line to Vincarta¡¯s owners, who have tried everything on offer and are piling on the WSET qualifications. We love talking about wine, so any questions are welcomed.
Wherever you¡¯re sourcing your bottles this holiday season, use our checklist as a guide and you¡¯ll avoid disappointment on the day. As Benjamin Franklin so eruditely put it:
¡®Wine makes daily living easier and less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.¡¯
Ordering wine gifts online should be equally tension-free. For our money, there are few gifts better than a bottle of easy living!